Mabuhay Court

San Jose CA | Completed 

2002

Two residents sitting in the courtyard at Mabuhay Court in San Jose, Ca. #

Residents celebrating at the building's grand opening.

Named with the Tagalog word for the joy of living, Mabuhay Court—along with the Northside Center and the neighboring park and meditation garden—supports a thriving senior community in San Jose.

A senior housing complex with an integrated community and senior services center in the Japantown area of San Jose, this development serves a low-income elderly population. The complex features a mix of apartment configurations that allows for a greater diversity of tenants than a single-unit approach.

The private balconies, stoops, and gardens of these apartments echo those of the adjacent homes. By annexing the airspace over the community center, it was possible to fit the same number of units into a three-story—rather than four-story—building, maintaining the low residential scale of the neighborhood. Along with the adjacent Northside Community Center, the corner public park and meditation garden provide a welcoming green space for the entire community.


Recognition


Awards
Design for Aging Review Merit Award
AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Community
National Award of Excellence
NAHRO
Builder's Choice Project of the Year
Builder's Magazine
Builder’s Choice Grand Award
Builder’s Magazine
Merit Award for Design
California Council, American Institute of Architects
Maxwell Award of Excellence
Fannie Mae Foundation
Gold Nugget Grand Award—Best Affordable
Pacific Coast Builders Conference
Gold Nugget Grand Award—Best Senior Housing/Active Adult
Pacific Coast Builders Conference
Meritorious Achievement Award
NALHFA 2OO3 Fall HOME Awards Competition

Team


Client
BRIDGE Housing
Affiliated Government Agency
City of San Jose Department of Housing
Affiliated Government Agency
San Jose Redevelopment Agency
Architect
David Baker Architects
Interior Design
Design Mesh
Structural Engineer
Tipping Mar + Associates
Contractor
L + D Construction
Photographer
Cesar Rubio

Project Details


Project Number
9808

Address

270 East Empire Street
San Jose, CA
United States



Status
Completed
2002

Number of Units
Studio
19
1 Bedroom
61
2 Bedroom
16

Total 96

Density Ratios
Project
95,308 sf
Site
74,389 sf
Acres
1.70

Parking
Parking Spots
77
Parking Type
underground

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